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Close vs. Near — What's the Difference?

Edited by Tayyaba Rehman — By Fiza Rafique — Published on October 3, 2023
Close vs. Near: "Close" often implies direct adjacency or minimal distance, while "near" suggests proximity without direct contact. Both indicate short spatial or temporal distance.
Close vs. Near — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Close and Near

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Key Differences

"Close" and "near" are both used to describe proximity. However, "close" frequently has a sense of immediacy or direct adjacency, whereas "near" often implies a general vicinity without necessarily being adjacent.
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In terms of emotional connections, one might say they are "close" to someone, denoting a strong bond. While "near" isn't often used in this context, it could denote physical proximity without emotional implications.
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When considering locations, saying a store is "close" might suggest it's just around the corner, while describing it as "near" might mean it's in the broader neighborhood. Hence, "close" often has a more definitive connotation than "near."
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Temporally speaking, "close" can refer to an imminent event (e.g., "The deadline is close."), whereas "near" might suggest an event is upcoming but not immediately so (e.g., "The deadline is near.").
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In some contexts, both "close" and "near" can be used interchangeably without a significant shift in meaning. For instance, "She lives close to the park" and "She lives near the park" both convey similar messages of proximity.
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Comparison Chart

Implication

Direct adjacency or minimal distance
Proximity without necessarily being adjacent
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Emotional Context

Often used to denote emotional proximity ("close friends")
Rarely used to denote emotional proximity
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Definitiveness

More definitive in terms of spatial proximity
Less definitive, broader sense of proximity
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Temporal Usage

Imminent events ("The meeting is close.")
Upcoming events, not immediately so ("The meeting is near.")
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Interchangeability

Can sometimes replace "near" without change in meaning
Can sometimes replace "close" without significant change in meaning
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Compare with Definitions

Close

Approaching a particular point.
The project is close to completion.
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Near

At or to a short distance.
The bus stop is near the school.
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Close

Only a short distance away or apart in space or time
Her birthday and mine were close together
The hotel is close to the sea
Why don't we go straight to the shops, as we're so close?
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Near

Close to a time, point, or level.
The results are near completion.
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Close

Denoting a family member who is part of a person's immediate family, typically a parent or sibling
The family history of cancer in close relatives
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Near

Just missed or barely avoided.
That was a near miss!
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Close

(of observation, examination, etc.) done in a careful and thorough way
Pay close attention to what your body is telling you about yourself
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Near

To, at, or within a short distance or interval in space or time
Moved the table nearer to the wall.
As graduation draws near.
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Close

Uncomfortably humid or airless
It was very close in the dressing room
A close, hazy day
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Near

Just about; almost; nearly
Was near exhausted from the climb.
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Close

Another term for high (sense 7 of the adjective)
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Near

With or in a close relationship
It turns out we are near related.
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Close

Very near to someone or something; with very little space between
He was holding her close
They stood close to the door
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Near

Close in time, space, position, or degree
Near neighbors.
Near equals.
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Close

A residential street without through access
She lives at 12 Goodwood Close
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Near

Closely related by kinship or association; intimate
A near relative.
A near and dear friend.
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Close

The end of an event or of a period of time or activity
The afternoon drew to a close
The seminar was brought to a close with a discussion of future trends
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Near

Nearly occurring but not actually happening
A near victory.
A near disaster.
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Close

The shutting of something, especially a door
The door jerked to a close behind them
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Near

Just barely avoided
A near hit by the incendiary bomb.
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Close

Move so as to cover an opening
She jumped on to the train just as the doors were closing
They had to close the window because of the insects
She closed the door quietly
I kept closing my eyes and nodding off
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Near

Closely corresponding to or resembling an original
A near likeness.
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Close

Bring or come to an end
The concert closed with ‘Silent Night’
The members were thanked for attending and the meeting was closed
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Near

Closely resembling the genuine article
A dress of near satin.
Near silver beads.
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Close

(of a business, organization, or institution) cease to be in operation or accessible to the public, either permanently or at the end of a working day or other period of time
A hoax call which closed the city's stations for 4 hours
The factory is to close with the loss of 150 jobs
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Near

Closer of two or more
Take the near street and then turn right.
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Close

Gradually get nearer to someone or something
He tried to walk faster, but each time the man closed up on him again
They plotted a large group of aircraft about 130 miles away and closing fast
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Near

Being on the left side of an animal or vehicle.
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Close

Being near in space or time. See Usage Note at redundancy.
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Near

Being the animal or vehicle on the left.
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Close

Being near in relationship
Close relatives.
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Near

Short and direct
The nearest route to town.
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Close

Bound by mutual interests, loyalties, or affections; intimate
Close friends.
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Near

(Archaic) Stingy; parsimonious.
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Close

Having little or no space between elements or parts; tight and compact
A close weave.
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Near

Close to
An inn near London.
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Close

Being near the surface; short
A close haircut.
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Near

To come close or closer to
The plane neared the terminal.
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Close

Being on the brink of
Close to tears.
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Near

To draw near or nearer; approach
As the holiday nears.
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Close

Decided by a narrow margin; almost even
A close election.
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Near

Physically close.
I can't see near objects very clearly without my glasses.
Stay near at all times.
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Close

Faithful to the original
A close copy.
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Near

Close in time.
The end is near.
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Close

Very attentive; rigorous; thorough
A close reading.
Close supervision.
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Near

Closely connected or related.
The deceased man had no near relatives.
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Close

Shut; closed.
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Near

Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; intimate; dear.
A matter of near consequence to me.
A near friend
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Close

Shut in; enclosed.
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Near

Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling.
A version near to the original
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Close

Confining or narrow; crowded
Close quarters.
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Near

So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow.
A near escape
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Close

Fitting tightly
Close garments.
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Near

Approximate, almost.
The two words are near synonyms.
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Close

Warm and humid or stuffy
Close weather.
A close room.
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Near

On the side nearest to the kerb (the left-hand side if one drives on the left).
The near front wheel came loose.
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Close

Confined to specific persons or groups
A close secret.
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Near

(dated) Next to the driver, when he is on foot; (US) on the left of an animal or a team.
The near ox; the near leg
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Close

Strictly confined or guarded
Kept under close custody.
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Near

(obsolete) Immediate; direct; close; short.
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Close

Secretive; reticent
Was close about her personal life.
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Near

Stingy; parsimonious.
Don't be near with your pocketbook.
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Close

Giving or spending with reluctance; stingy
He is known to be close with his money.
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Near

Within the currently selected segment in a segmented memory architecture.
A near pointer
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Close

Not easily acquired; scarce
Money was close.
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Near

At or towards a position close in space or time. en
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Close

(Linguistics) Pronounced with the tongue near the palate, as the ee in meet. Used of vowels.
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Near

Nearly; almost.
He was near unconscious when I found him.
I jumped into the near-freezing water.
I near ruptured myself trying to move the piano.
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Close

Marked by more rather than less punctuation, especially commas.
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Near

Physically close to, in close proximity to.
There are habitable planets orbiting many of the stars near our Sun.
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Close

To move (a door, for example) so that an opening or passage is covered or obstructed; shut.
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Near

Close to in time.
The voyage was near completion.
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Close

To bar access to
Closed the road for repairs.
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Near

Close to in nature or degree.
His opinions are near the limit of what is acceptable.
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Close

To fill or stop up
Closed the cracks with plaster.
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Near

(ambitransitive) To come closer to; to approach.
The ship nears the land.
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Close

To stop the operations of permanently or temporarily
Closed down the factory.
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Near

The left side of a horse or of a team of horses pulling a carriage etc.
Off side
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Close

To make unavailable for use
Closed the area to development.
Closed the database to further changes.
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Near

At a little distance, in place, time, manner, or degree; not remote; nigh.
My wife! my traitress! let her not come near me.
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Close

To bring to an end; terminate
Close a letter.
Close a bank account.
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Near

Nearly; almost; well-nigh.
Near about the yearly value of the land.
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Close

To bring together all the elements or parts of
Management closed ranks and ostracized the troublemaker.
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Near

Closely; intimately.
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Close

To join or unite; bring into contact
Close a circuit.
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Near

Not far distant in time, place, or degree; not remote; close at hand; adjacent; neighboring; nigh.
He served great Hector, and was ever near,Not with his trumpet only, but his spear.
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Close

To draw or bind together the edges of
Close a wound.
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Near

Closely connected or related.
She is thy father's near kinswoman.
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Close

(Sports) To modify (one's stance), as in baseball or golf, by turning the body so that the forward shoulder and foot are closer to the intended point of impact with the ball.
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Near

Close to one's interests, affection, etc.; touching, or affecting intimately; intimate; dear; as, a near friend.
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Close

To complete the final details or negotiations on
Close a deal.
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Near

Close to anything followed or imitated; not free, loose, or rambling; as, a version near to the original.
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Close

(Archaic) To enclose on all sides.
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Near

So as barely to avoid or pass injury or loss; close; narrow{3}; as, a near escape; a near miss.
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Close

To become shut
The door closed quietly.
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Near

Immediate; direct; close; short.
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Close

To come to an end; finish
The book closes on a hopeful note.
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Near

Close-fisted; parsimonious.
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Close

To reach an agreement; come to terms
We close on the house next week.
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Near

To approach; to come nearer; as, the ship neared the land.
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Close

To cease operation
The shop closes at six.
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Near

To draw near; to approach.
A speck, a mist, a shape, I wist!And still it neared, and neared.
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Close

To be priced or listed at a specified amount when trading ends
Stocks closed higher on Monday.
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Near

Move towards;
We were approaching our destination
They are drawing near
The enemy army came nearer and nearer
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Close

To engage at close quarters
Closed with the enemy.
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Near

Not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances;
Near neighbors
In the near future
They are near equals
His nearest approach to success
A very near thing
A near hit by the bomb
She was near tears
She was close to tears
Had a close call
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Close

To draw near
The orbiter closed with the space station in preparation for docking.
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Near

Being on the left side;
The near or nigh horse is the one on the left
The animal's left side is its near or nigh side
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Close

To come together
My arms closed around the little child.
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Near

Closely resembling the genuine article;
Near beer
A dress of near satin
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Close

(Baseball) To finish a game by protecting a lead. Used of relief pitchers.
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Near

Giving or spending with reluctance;
Our cheeseparing administration
Very close (or near) with his money
A penny-pinching miserly old man
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Close

The act of closing.
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Near

With or in a close or intimate relationship;
A good friend
My sisters and brothers are near and dear
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Close

A conclusion; a finish
The meeting came to a close.
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Near

Very close in resemblance;
Sketched in an approximate likeness
A near likeness
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Close

(Music) The concluding part of a phrase or theme; a cadence.
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Near

Near in time or place or relationship;
As the wedding day drew near
Stood near the door
Don't shoot until they come near
Getting near to the true explanation
Her mother is always near
The end draws nigh
The bullet didn't come close
Don't get too close to the fire
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Close

(klōs) An enclosed place, especially land surrounding or beside a cathedral or other building.
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Near

(of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; `near' is sometimes used informally for `nearly' and `most' is sometimes used informally for `almost';
The job is (just) about done
The baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded
We're almost finished
The car all but ran her down
He nearly fainted
Talked for nigh onto 2 hours
The recording is well-nigh perfect
Virtually all the parties signed the contract
I was near exhausted by the run
Most everyone agrees
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Close

(klōs) Chiefly British A narrow way or alley.
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Near

Closely related or alike.
His skills are near perfection.
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Close

(Archaic) A fight at close quarters.
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Near

Almost happening or being accomplished.
He was near tears.
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Close

In a close position or manner; closely
Stayed close together.
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Close

(physical) To remove a gap.
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Close

To obstruct (an opening).
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Close

To move so that an opening is closed.
Close the door behind you when you leave.
Jim was listening to headphones with his eyes closed.
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Close

To make (e.g. a gap) smaller.
The runner in second place is closing the gap on the leader.
To close the ranks of an army
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Close

To move to a position preventing fluid from flowing.
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Close

To move to a position allowing electricity to flow.
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Close

To grapple; to engage in close combat.
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Close

To finish, to terminate.
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Close

To put an end to; to conclude; to complete; to finish; to consummate.
Close the session;
To close a bargain;
To close a course of instruction
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Close

To come to an end.
The debate closed at six o'clock.
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Close

(marketing) To make a sale.
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Close

To make the final outs, usually three, of a game.
He has closed the last two games for his team.
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Close

To terminate an application, window, file or database connection, etc.
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Close

To cancel or reverse (a trading position).
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Close

To come or gather around; to enclose; to encompass; to confine.
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Close

(surveying) To have a vector sum of 0; that is, to form a closed polygon.
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Close

(intransitive) To do the tasks (putting things away, locking doors, etc.) required to prepare a store or other establishment to shut down for the night.
Whoever closed last night forgot to turn off the closet light.
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Close

(Philippines) To turn off; to switch off.
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Close

An end or conclusion.
We owe them our thanks for bringing the project to a successful close.
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Close

The manner of shutting; the union of parts; junction.
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Close

(sales) The point at the end of a sales pitch when the consumer is asked to buy.
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Close

A grapple in wrestling.
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Close

(music) The conclusion of a strain of music; cadence.
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Close

(music) A double bar marking the end.
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Close

The time when checkin staff will no longer accept passengers for a flight.
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Close

An enclosed field.
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Close

(chiefly British) A street that ends in a dead end.
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Close

(Scotland) A very narrow alley between two buildings, often overhung by one of the buildings above the ground floor.
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Close

(Scotland) The common staircase in a tenement.
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Close

A cathedral close.
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Close

(legal) The interest which one may have in a piece of ground, even though it is not enclosed
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Close

Closed, shut.
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Close

Narrow; confined.
A close alley; close quarters
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Close

At a little distance; near.
Is your house close?
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Close

Intimate; well-loved.
He is a close friend.
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Close

(legal) Of a corporation or other business entity, closely held.
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Close

Oppressive; without motion or ventilation; causing a feeling of lassitude.
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Close

Hot, humid, with no wind.
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Close

Articulated with the tongue body relatively close to the hard palate.
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Strictly confined; carefully guarded.
A close prisoner
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Close

(obsolete) Out of the way of observation; secluded; secret; hidden.
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Close

Nearly equal; almost evenly balanced.
A close contest
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Close

Short.
To cut grass or hair close
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Close

(archaic) Dense; solid; compact.
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Close

(archaic) Concise; to the point.
Close reasoning
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Close

(dated) Difficult to obtain.
Money is close.
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Close

(dated) Parsimonious; stingy.
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Close

Adhering strictly to a standard or original; exact.
A close translation; a close copy
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Close

Accurate; careful; precise; also, attentive; undeviating; strict.
The patient was kept under close observation.
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Close

Marked, evident.en
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Close

Almost, but not quite (getting to an answer or goal); near
No, but you were close.
We were so close to winning!
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Close

To stop, or fill up, as an opening; to shut; as, to close the eyes; to close a door.
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Close

To bring together the parts of; to consolidate; as, to close the ranks of an army; - often used with up.
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Close

To bring to an end or period; to conclude; to complete; to finish; to end; to consummate; as, to close a bargain; to close a course of instruction.
One frugal supper did our studies close.
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Close

To come or gather around; to inclose; to encompass; to confine.
The depth closed me round about.
But now thou dost thyself immure and closeIn some one corner of a feeble heart.
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Close

To come together; to unite or coalesce, as the parts of a wound, or parts separated.
What deep wounds ever closed without a scar?
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Close

To end, terminate, or come to a period; as, the debate closed at six o'clock.
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To grapple; to engage in hand-to-hand fight.
They boldly closed in a hand-to-hand contest.
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The manner of shutting; the union of parts; junction.
The doors of plank were; their close exquisite.
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Close

Conclusion; cessation; ending; end.
His long and troubled life was drawing to a close.
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Close

A grapple in wrestling.
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Close

The conclusion of a strain of music; cadence.
At every close she made, the attending throngReplied, and bore the burden of the song.
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Close

An inclosed place; especially, a small field or piece of land surrounded by a wall, hedge, or fence of any kind; - specifically, the precinct of a cathedral or abbey.
Closes surrounded by the venerable abodes of deans and canons.
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A narrow passage leading from a street to a court, and the houses within.
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The interest which one may have in a piece of ground, even though it is not inclosed.
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Close

Shut fast; closed; tight; as, a close box.
From a close bower this dainty music flowed.
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Close

Narrow; confined; as, a close alley; close quarters.
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Oppressive; without motion or ventilation; causing a feeling of lassitude; - said of the air, weather, etc.
If the rooms be low-roofed, or full of windows and doors, the one maketh the air close, . . . and the other maketh it exceeding unequal.
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Close

Strictly confined; carefully quarded; as, a close prisoner.
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Out of the way observation; secluded; secret; hidden.
"Her close intent."
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Close

Disposed to keep secrets; secretive; reticent.
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Close

Having the parts near each other; dense; solid; compact; as applied to bodies; viscous; tenacious; not volatile, as applied to liquids.
The golden globe being put into a press, . . . the water made itself way through the pores of that very close metal.
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Close

Concise; to the point; as, close reasoning.
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Close

Adjoining; near; either in space; time, or thought; - often followed by to.
Plant the spring crocuses close to a wall.
The thought of the Man of sorrows seemed a very close thing - not a faint hearsay.
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Close

Short; as, to cut grass or hair close.
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Close

Intimate; familiar; confidential.
League with you I seekAnd mutual amity, so strait, so close,That I with you must dwell, or you with me.
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Aug 04, 2021

Close

Nearly equal; almost evenly balanced; as, a close vote.
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Close

Difficult to obtain; as, money is close.
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Parsimonious; stingy.
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Close

Adhering strictly to a standard or original; exact; strict; as, a close translation.
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Close

Accurate; careful; precise; also, attentive; undeviating; strict; not wandering; as, a close observer.
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Aug 04, 2021

Close

Uttered with a relatively contracted opening of the mouth, as certain sounds of e and o in French, Italian, and German; - opposed to open.
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Close

In a close manner.
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Close

Secretly; darkly.
A wondrous vision which did close implyThe course of all her fortune and posterity.
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Aug 04, 2021

Close

The temporal end; the concluding time;
The stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell
The market was up at the finish
They were playing better at the close of the season
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Aug 04, 2021

Close

The last section of a communication;
In conclusion I want to say...
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Aug 04, 2021

Close

The concluding part of any performance
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Aug 04, 2021

Close

Cease to operate or cause to cease operating;
The owners decided to move and to close the factory
My business closes every night at 8 P.M.
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Aug 04, 2021

Close

Complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement;
We closed on the house on Friday
They closed the deal on the building
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Aug 04, 2021

Close

Move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut;
Close the door
Shut the window
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Aug 04, 2021

Close

Bar access to;
Due to the accident, the road had to be closed for several hours
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Close

Finish or terminate (meetings, speeches, etc.);
The meeting was closed with a charge by the chairman of the board
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Aug 04, 2021

Close

Draw near;
The probe closed with the space station
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Aug 04, 2021

Close

Come to a close;
The concert closed with a nocturne by Chopin
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Close

Become closed;
The windows closed with a loud bang
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Close

Come together, as if in an embrace;
Her arms closed around her long lost relative
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Aug 04, 2021

Close

Unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of;
Close the circuit
Close a wound
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Aug 04, 2021

Close

Bring together all the elements or parts of;
Management closed ranks
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Aug 04, 2021

Close

Engage at close quarters;
Close with the enemy
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Aug 04, 2021

Close

Be priced or listed when trading stops;
The stock market closed high this Friday
My new stocks closed at $59 last night
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Aug 04, 2021

Close

Cause a window or an application to disappear on a computer desktop
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Close

Change one's body stance so that the forward shoulder and foot are closer to the intended point of impact
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Close

Fill or stop up;
Can you close the cracks with caulking?
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Aug 04, 2021

Close

Finish a game in baseball by protecting a lead;
The relief pitcher closed with two runs in the second inning
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Aug 04, 2021

Close

At or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other;
Close to noon
How close are we to town?
A close formation of ships
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Close

Close in relevance or relationship;
A close family
We are all...in close sympathy with...
Close kin
A close resemblance
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Close

Not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances;
Near neighbors
In the near future
They are near equals
His nearest approach to success
A very near thing
A near hit by the bomb
She was near tears
She was close to tears
Had a close call
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Close

Rigorously attentive; strict and thorough;
Close supervision
Paid close attention
A close study
Kept a close watch on expenditures
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Marked by fidelity to an original;
A close translation
A faithful copy of the portrait
A faithful rendering of the observed facts
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Aug 04, 2021

Close

(of a contest or contestants) evenly matched;
A close contest
A close election
A tight game
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Close

Crowded;
Close quarters
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Lacking fresh air;
A dusty airless attic
The dreadfully close atmosphere
Hot and stuffy and the air was blue with smoke
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Close

Of textiles;
A close weave
Smooth percale with a very tight weave
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Close

Strictly confined or guarded;
Kept under close custody
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Close

Confined to specific persons;
A close secret
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Close

Fitting closely but comfortably;
A close fit
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Close

Used of hair or haircuts;
A close military haircut
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Giving or spending with reluctance;
Our cheeseparing administration
Very close (or near) with his money
A penny-pinching miserly old man
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Inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information;
Although they knew her whereabouts her friends kept close about it
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Near in time or place or relationship;
As the wedding day drew near
Stood near the door
Don't shoot until they come near
Getting near to the true explanation
Her mother is always near
The end draws nigh
The bullet didn't come close
Don't get too close to the fire
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In an attentive manner;
He remained close on his guard
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Being of short distance or time.
The mall is close to my house.
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Sep 27, 2023

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Denoting intimacy or strong emotional bond.
They are close friends.
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Close

Nearly enclosed or surrounded.
The cat was close to being trapped.
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Close

Shutting something or blocking an opening.
Please close the door.
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Common Curiosities

Is "near" commonly used for emotional connections?

No, "near" is more often used for physical proximity.
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Oct 03, 2023

Is "near miss" an oxymoron?

It may sound like one, but "near miss" means something just missed or barely avoided.
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Oct 03, 2023

What prepositions are commonly used with "near"?

"Near" is often used with "to" (e.g., near to the station).
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Can "near" imply something that almost happened?

Yes, like in "near disaster" or "near success."
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Are "close" and "near" always interchangeable?

No, while they can both indicate proximity, their usage and connotations may differ.
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Oct 03, 2023

Can "close" refer to emotional proximity?

Yes, like in "close friends" or "close relatives."
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Oct 03, 2023

Is "close" more definitive than "near"?

Often, "close" implies a more immediate proximity than "near."
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Oct 03, 2023

Is "close" related to shutting something?

Yes, as a verb, "close" means to shut or seal an opening.
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Oct 03, 2023

Is "close" always about physical or emotional proximity?

No, "close" can also mean to end or conclude, like "close a deal."
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Oct 03, 2023

If something is "close to completion," is it almost done?

Yes, it means it's nearing its finish.
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Oct 03, 2023

Can "close" be used as a verb?

Yes, like in "close the door."
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Oct 03, 2023

Does "close by" mean the same as "nearby"?

Yes, both indicate something in close proximity.
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Oct 03, 2023

What's the difference between "near future" and "close future"?

Both imply upcoming events, but "near future" is more commonly used.
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Oct 03, 2023

If something is "nearing," what does that mean?

It means it's approaching or getting close to a particular point.
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Oct 03, 2023

Which word, "close" or "near," is more versatile in usage?

"Close" has more varied uses, from spatial to temporal and even as a verb.
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Oct 03, 2023

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